Outrage as clip of SAPS searching bags goes viral: "That's inhumane"

Outrage as clip of SAPS searching bags goes viral: "That's inhumane"

- A video showing South African Police Services members searching personal bags has gone viral

- The video was shared to Twitter by journalist, Sihle Mlambo who could not believe his eyes

- South Africans were in agreement with Mlambo as they felt the search violated rights

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A 10-second clip showing South African Police Officers searching bags has raised concerns with South Africans. The video was shared to Twitter by journalist Sihle Mlambo who seemed just as shocked as everyone else.

Mlambo shared the video on Thursday and it gained thousands of views in a matter of hours. Many believe that the police officers are searching the bags to ensure that alcohol is not being transported.

However, SAns are still frustrated that the bags are being searched in the first place.

Outrage as clip of SAPS searching bags goes viral

A video showing police officer searching travel bags has gone viral online. Image: @SihleMlambo
Source: Twitter

Take a look at Mlambo's tweets below:

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@Serzie said:

"They don’t have grounds to search this is illegal!!!!"

@peterbroggs wrote:

"Where are the lawyers if things are like this? That's inhumane."

@MissBaloyie tweeted:

"If SAPS were committed to fighting all crimes as they are with the alcohol issue, this country would be a better one shame."

@Black_Indaba responded with:

"Humans are trafficked interprovincially and internationally through ports of exit and they don’t catch them but will turn your life upside down to find alcohol. Sies!"

@stevehard added:

"Wrong, wrong and wrong. What is more illegal unless the police have a reasonable suspicion of the commission of a crime."

Briefly.co.za previously reported that South Africans cannot transport liquor under the strengthened Level 3 regulations. The highly controversial return of the liquor ban has seen alcohol only permitted to be distributed or transported for export purposes, industrial use and household cleaning products.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma explained that the ban extends not only to retailers but to those distributing liquor for consumption:

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"Liquor cannot be sold for on-site or off-site consumption. Transportation of alcohol is only allowed if it is for export or if a manufacturer is taking it to storage or if it is alcohol that is used in the industry. Otherwise, if it's liquor that you drink, you are not supposed to transport or distribute it."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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